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Chalong police in Phuket say they have yet to start investigating the illegal hiring of foreign teachers at an international school in Rawai, south of the island. Palm House International School allegedly hired foreign teachers illegally in which 2 were arrested by Phuket Immigration police on November 4.

Somkiet Sarasin, the leading investigator of the case, says the 2 Brits were informed that police were processing a charge of working illegally in the country against them, in which both denied the charges. Somkiet says the 2 were released on bail, but did not confirm the amount of bail that was set by the police.

“They are still staying in Thailand. I am not worried. I have their passports. I am not available to explain [any details] because the investigation is still ongoing.”

“This is normal for an investigation when the suspects deny the charge against them. I have to check more information against their claims. This case will probably be concluded next month.”

However, the investigation has yet to begin, with Somkiet saying he has not even questioned the owner of the school, despite his claims the case would be finished next month.

“The investigation into the school will take time. The investigation into the two British people must be finished first.”

Such allegations of foreign teachers working illegally have recently been in the news after Sarasas Witaed Sainoi Pitiyakarn School, in the central province of Nonthaburi, saw 7 foreign teachers probed for being hired illegally. That school, along with others in its private network, made nationwide news after CCTV caught a Thai teacher hitting, pushing and dragging a young student in the classroom. Such widespread violence against students has long been a sad component of many Thai schools, in which some of the teachers are unqualified and unlicensed to teach, but are hired anyway.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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    Mesc

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    Unbelievable that the teachers are blamed before the school. I guess it’s just easier to go after the individuals rather than the institution.

    When you start a new job, as far as the teachers are concerned, the school should be working on processing their work permits. Palm house management have completely lost any trust that their teachers may have once had in them and they should be held fully accountable for their negligence, whether wilful or not.

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    Jowen

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 12:39 am

    Oh here we go again. I feel like the investigators should go towards the school first where the core itself is. I mean the two foreigners are being charged for illegally working at that school. Where’s the logic on that one? How can you assume or at least give them the benefit of a doubt. This is like a payback from the foreigners who made complaints to the police because of a school haven’t given them their work permits and visa and so on. That news was also published on here. And of course… the “I’m not worried because I’m holding to their passports” typical…

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    James Pate

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 5:10 am

    A legit teaching job at an accredited school requires more than just a work permit. The Ministry of Education must certify the applicant’s credentials and this will be included in the WP application. An applicant can’t work until the WP is issued. A pending application won’t suffice.

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